Letters to the Editor

Letter: Every human life matters

To the Editor:

This year is on track to be the deadliest year for gun-related homicides in Chicago since about 1999.

Before May 28, Chicago had almost the same number of homicides as in 2019. Then, on May 31, 18 people were murdered in Chicago, the city's most violent day in almost 60 years. July was Chicago's most violent month in 28 years. According to Chicago Police Department data, as of Sept. 1, murder is up 52% for the year.

So, what happened in May?

George Floyd's death while in police custody in Minneapolis produced demonstrations against the police in major cities from coast to coast.

As a result, police officers had to be redeployed from their normal duties to help manage the protests, some of which turned violent. In Chicago and New York, "proactive" policing declined and arrests declined sharply.

This phenomenon suggests a general reluctance by officers to engage in "hotspot" and other enforcement efforts that are most effective in deterring gun violence.

The victims of these shootings are primarily African Americans and Hispanics, often living in disadvantaged and low-income neighborhoods.

The statistics are the cold reality, however, behind the numbers lies a tremendous toll in human suffering. Lives lost, futures destroyed and families left grieving.

According to a recent Monmouth poll, 65% of respondents say "maintaining law and order" is a big problem. Among non-Republican African Americans and other minorities, more than 60% agree that civil disorder has become a big issue, while just 46% of white non-Republican's see it as a problem.

It appears like where one lives explains a lot about the Democratic worldview.

The Harris-Biden "reimagining" of how we do public safety has resulted in an abrupt spike in urban crime and mob-like political protesters exploiting official restraints on the police.

Unfortunately, the poverty pimps refuse to talk about these 1,000-pound gorillas in their communities and continue to emphasize the 1/10th of 1% of white cops killing African-Americans. Every human life matters!

Robert Gebhardt

Johnsburg

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